Michelle Obama gave a speech on race over the weekend to a group of high school seniors in Topeka, Kansas, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. She said something you might have thought would be non-controversial in 2014:
As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they've only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they’ve never heard any other viewpoints, it’s up to you to help them see things differently.At Glenn Beck's Blaze, this comes out as follows:
And the good news is that you probably won’t have to bring a lawsuit or go all the way to the Supreme Court to do that. You all can make a difference every day in your own lives simply by teaching others the lessons you've learned here in Topeka.
Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you've got an aunt talks about "those people." Well, you can politely inform them that they're talking about your friends. (Applause.)
Michelle Obama Would Like Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial InsensitivityThis has the right on liberal fascism high alert. Here's "veteran White House reporter" Keith Koffler at White House Dossier:
Michelle to Students: Police Grandpa's SpeechHere's Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller:
First Lady Michelle Obama Saturday counseled graduating seniors in Topeka, Kansas to tell their closest relatives to put a sock in it if they hear something they don't like....
That's the problem with big government liberals like Michelle. Ultimately, they think your business is their business.
And so they make policies that reflect this. They want to run your healthcare, decide what type of moral principles you must support, and so forth. And it won't be long before they'll tell you what grandpa can say to you over checkers.
Michelle Obama To High-School Grads: Monitor Your Parents For ThoughtcrimeAnd then there's this from Clash Daily, a blog run by Doug Giles, the religious-right preacher daddy of James O'Keefe collaborator Hannah Giles:
There can be no aspect of your daily life that's removed from politics. Now you will be monitored by your own children for expressing unapproved opinions. You'd better watch what you say at the dinner table, Mom and Dad....
MORE HELL FROM MICHELLE: MO Wants Students to Monitor Their Family for 'Racism'Y'know, when it initially appeared that Donald Sterling was a Democrat, right-wingers were falling all over themselves to proclaim that the GOP is the Party of Lincoln and liberals and Democrats have cornered the market on racism, which all True Conservatives find utterly abhorrent.
But let Michelle Obama suggest that you chide a racist relative privately -- privately, without involving TMZ or the Justice Department or some other wing of the liberal Gestapo -- and right-wingers are appalled. Hey, I thought you were the guys who single-handedly passed the Civil Rights Act! Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think you were actually somewhat tolerant of racism!
Rev. Giles can't even bring himself to acknowledge that the First Lady's scenario could happen -- note that he puts "racism" in scare quotes, as if just claiming that it exists is one of those sinister ways libs try to deceive you.
And oddly, the original Blaze article that set all this in motion is fairly even-handed -- except for the title, which is shameless wingnut linkbait. But right-wingers can be set to frothing at the mouth even by a headline that's self-evidently misleading. Rage addiction will do that to you.